FAQ

FAQ

Our Tours

Are there tours every day?

We offer tours according to our Schedule, except December 25 and January 1st.

How long will the tours last?

Essentials, Bohemian Berlin, East Berlin: 3.5 hours.

Cold War: 4,5 hours

Third Reich: 6 hours

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp: 6 hours (including travel)

Potsdam: 6 hours (including travel)

What are the hours?

Our tours start at 10am.

We recommend you look at the schedule on our website. You can also find out about our guides and special offers to organize your visit to Berlin.

Is it possible to do a tour outside of these times?

Of course, with our Private Tours or a tour a la carte, you can choose not only time but the location, duration and topics as well. To learn more, please visit our Tours a la carte page.

Can do two tours in one day?

Absolutely! Our schedule is designed to help you best utilize the time you have in Berlin.

Are there any discounts if I do more than one tour?

Of course! For every Vive tour you take, you'll receive 1€ off of the next tour. At your first Vive tour, we provide you with a rebate card which you'll need to bring back in order to receive a discount.

Why is the Sachsenhausen tour free?

Our tour of Sachsenhausen Concentration camp is free because we believe that this is a part of history that should be accessible to everyone and the tour operates on a tips-basis.
At the end of the tour, you'll be able to give you who give the guide a contribution you deem appropriate.

Will a tour be cancelled due to bad weather or because there are very few people?

No! Tours will run even if there is only one person whether or not it rains, thunder or snows! You'll never come in vain to our meeting point. To make the journey as pleasant as possible, in the event of rain, snow or hot sun, we'll choose a place where we are protected to give our explanations.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Our daily tours do not require reservations in advance, unless it's a group of 10 or more people. Private tours and costum tours will need to be made several days in advance. Reservations can be made via Email ( info@viveberlintours.de) or call +49 (0) 157 84546696.

Is there a limited number of people per tour?

No, but we prefer that the groups are small as we feel smaller groups get more out of the tour!
Where does the tour start?

The meeting point is the entrance of Café Balzac located at Potsdamer Platz 10.You can get there with trains S-Bahn lines (S1, S2, S25) or trains of the U-Bahn line 2 (U2, orange), Potsdamer Platz stop, exit to the Stresemannstrasse or buses 200 or M41. In front of Café Balzac, our guides are clearly identified with Vive berlin badges.

Public Transportation

General info on transport in Berlin

Berlin has an intricate and comprehensive public transportation system which consists of: U-, S-Bahn, Tram, buses and regional or commuter trains(RE).

What is the difference between the U-Bahn and S-Bahn?

There is virtually no difference and you can use both systems with the same transit fare. The main difference is that each company is owned by different companies.

Where to buy the ticket?

Transport tickets can be bought at all stations S-Bahn or U-Bahn from automated machines or, in some stations, in the ticket offices. Itis also possible to buy tickets on trams and buses. The machines located in train stations have been translated into several languages to make it easier for you to use.

How do I validate my ticket?

You must validate tickets before boarding the train or subway. You'll find machines on the platforms of the S-Bahn or U-Bahn.

In trams and buses you can buy your ticket inside, the driver on the bus, and there are stamp machines located on buses and trams in the event you need to validate pre-purchased tickets.

Regardless of where you buy the tickets, they are valid for all modes of transport.

When do you have to validate travel tickets?

Ticket sare validated only once, before first use.

Validation is a stamp which records the date, time and station where the ticket was validated.

If you repeatedly validate the ticket, it will become invalid!

What is the difference between an AB and an ABC ticket?

For transportation, Berlin and its surroundings are divided into three zones. Zone A, B and C. Zone A is the center of the city, the urban area is zone B and zone C is composed of Berlin's surrounding areas including Potsdam and Sachsenhausen.

There are tickets AB, BC and ABC. Tickets are always valid for at least two of the three zones. As long as tyou do not need to leave the urban area only AB tickets.

Are there reduced rates?

Fares are reduced for seniors and children ages 6 to 13 years. Children under 6 years do not need tickets.

The reduced fare does not apply to students!

What happens if I do not have a valid ticket?

Transport companies regularly conduct checks on trains, trams and buses. If you do not have a valid ticket the fine is 40 €, payable immediately.

Night transport

The Berlin U-Bahn and S-bahn trains run from Sunday to Thursday until approximately 00.30 to 1:30. Night buses and trams run from midnight until about 4:30 a.m. Nightbuses are distinguished by an N and a number that determines the route; most run every 30 minutes. Friday night, Saturday and on public holidays, the U-Bahn and S-Bahn run all night with the exception of a few lines.

Types of tickets in Berlin

All transportation tickets are integrated, ie you can use in both the metro and the train, bus or tram.

You have several options:

Einzelfahrschein (Singlefare) Ticket valid for up to two hours, in one direction.

Tageskarte (day ticket) Ticket valid until 3am the following day.

We recommend these tickets if you're going to use transit more than three times in one day or if you come on one of our tours.

Kurzstrecke (Short Trip Ticket) Valid for 3 (trains) or 6 stations(buses/trams).

Anschlussfahrausweis (Extension ticket- Upgrade from 2 zone fare to 3 zone fare)

You need to buy an extension if you have to leave the limits of Berlin.

If you have an AB ticket and an extension ticket, you can travel to the Zone C as well.

Kleingruppenkarte (Day ticket for small groups.) For groups of up to five people.

We recommend this ticket for those traveling in groups of at least three and a maximum of five.

7-Tages-Karte (Ticket for 7 days) duration for a week. Expires at 24.00 hours on the seventh calendar day following the day of commencement.

Individual tickets tourism:

We recommend these tickets only if you plan on using discounts offered (between 20% and 50%), in museums and other attractions such as the Jewish Museum, the New Synagogue, the Deutsche Oper and the Charlottenburg Palace.

CityTourCardis a ticket for 48 hours, 72 hours or 5 days which includes discounts on tourist attractions and events.

CityTourCardBerlin (48 hours)

CityTourCardBerlin (72 hours)

BerlinCityTourCard 5 days

WelcomeCard. Forone adult and three children (6 to 13 years) and also includes discounts on tourist attractions and events.

WelcomeCard (48 hours)

WelcomeCard (72 hours)

WelcomeCard 5 days

*For zone AB, the ticket is valid only for one person.

We recommend this ticket only for those traveling with children and therefore the ABC Card Welcome.

 

Food

Are there any restaurants that you would recommend?

Berlin is a city with an incredible diversity when it comes to restaurants. Furthermore it is relativly cheap to eat out, be it in a restaurant, a Biergarten (beer garden) or an Imbiss (snack point).

These are some of our favourites:

Restaurants:

Max und Moritz

Our favourite for "Eisbein mit Sauerkraut“ (pork leg with sauerkraut), sausages and of course beer.

Oranienstraße 162
10969 Berlin +49 (0)30 69515911

U8 Moritz Platz, Bus M 29 station Oranienplatz.

Zillemarkt

Typical restaurant in the style of the Golden 20´s.
 Bleibtreustr. 48a 
10623 Berlin

S9, S75, S7 Savignyplatz

Clärchens Ballhaus

For eating and dancing, Clärchens Ballhaus offers sausages with swing and potatoes with tango.

Auguststraße 24
10117 Berlin
   +49(0)30 2829295

S1 Oranienburger Straße

Löwenbräu

The local branch of of Bavaria´s most famous beerhouse.

You can find it at the Potsdamer Platz, inside the Sony Center.

 

Biergarten:

Prater

The oldest beer garden in Berlin.

Kastanienallee 7-9

10435 Berlin

+49 (0)30 4485688

Schleusenkrug

Müller-Breslau-Str.

10623 Berlin Tiergarten

Telefon: 030 / 3139909

 

Imbiss:

Curry 36

The best Currywurst in the western part of berlin. Open 20 hours a day and always full of people!

Mehringdamm 36

10961 Berlin‎

+49 (0)30 2517368      ‎

U7 /U6 Mehringdamm

Konoppke´s Imbiss.

The most famous Currywurst in East Berlin. Even ex-chancellor Schröder ate there.

U2 Eberswalder Straße, just below the metro line.

 

Cultural Life

What are the most important museums?

En general, all the museums on the museum´s island can be recommended, but even among those two museum stand out:

The Pergamon museum with its impressive findings from old Greece like the Pergamon altar and from old Babylon like the Ishtar gate as well as the Neues Museum with the egyptian collection with the famous bust of Nefertiti.

If you like paintings you should go to the Gemäldegalerie for old masters and to the museum Berggruen, a former private collections with Picasso, Klee, Matisse & Giacometti.

For modern art you should visit the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Neue Nationalgalerie.

The diverse history of Berlin and of Germany is best displayed in the  Jewish museum, the German Historical Museum and the Topography of Terror.

A must-go for younger visitors are the Museum für Naturkunde with the world´s largest dinosaur skeleton on display and the Deutsches Technikmuseum.

How much is the entracnce fee for the museums?

The prices of course fluctuate from museum to museum. En general the museums on the museum´s island are the most expensive with up to 14,-€ for an adult while a ticket for the Technikmuseum is only 3,-€ for a student.

In general there are alsways discounts for students and children.

Where can you buy the tickets?

You can buy the tickets directly at the museum, but especially for the Pergamon and the Neues museum it is recommendable to buy tickets one or two days early to avoid the lines. You can also buy those tickets online with a credit card.

Is there a day with free entry?

The museums that are owned by the city have free entry every first wednesday of the month.

The big state-owned museums like the ones on the museum´s island unfortunately don´t have a free day.

A list of museums, for detailed information enter the official site of the state museums in Berlin :

Academy Of Arts (Pariser Platz & Hanseatenweg): first Wednesday of the month

Alte Nationalgalerie: Paintings of the XIX century including the german romantics

Bode-Museum Sculpture collection & Byzantine museum

Bröhan-Museum: Collection of Art Nouveau furniture & jewellery; first Wednesday of the month

Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin: Temporary exhibitons, free entry on Mondays

Domäne Dahlem: Open-air museum of agriculture and diet with many activities for children; first Wednesday of the month

Ephraim-Palais – Part of the city museum with original rococo interior and temporary exhibitions; first Wednesday of the month

Ethnologisches Museum: Ethnological museum with one the biggest collections about pre-industrial cultures, mostly from outside of Europe.

Gemäldegalerie: The Old Masters collection of Berlin.

Hamburger Bahnhof – Contemporary Art collection.

Kunstgewerbemuseum: Museum of Arts and Crafts.

Kupferstichkabinett: Cabinett of copper engravings, collection of prints, sketches & watercolour paintings.

Märkisches Museum – The city museum; first Wednesday of the month

Museum Berggruen: Classical modern paintings and sculptures.

Museum für Asiatische Kunst: Berlin´s indian and far-east collections.

Museum für Fotografie / Helmut Newton Stiftung: Museum of photography & the Helmut Newton Foundation: temporary exhibitons and the estate of the famous photographer.

Musikinstrumenten-Museum: collection of music instrument including the flute of Frederick the Great

Neue Nationalgalerie: Collection of Modern Art from the 20th century.

Neues Museum The egyptian collection with the famous bust of Nefertiti.

Pergamon-Museum: The building includes the biggest objects of the Antique Collection, the Museum of the Ancient Near East and the Museum of Islamic Art.

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg: Collection of surrealist art (250 works of Magritte, Dalí, Goya, etc.)

Schloss Köpenick: The castle Köpenick is a branch of the museum of arts & crafts, it shows furniture from the 16th to the 18th century.

 

Where can I buy englisch books in Berlin?

In almost all bigger bookshops in Berlin you will find a section with englisch books as well.

But one of the biggest selections can be found at Dussmann in the Friedrichstraße.

Where are the art galleries?

You can find art galleries in a lot of different districts and streets everywhere in Berlin. But one of the areas with the highest density is without a doubt the old jewish quarter, more specifically the Auguststraße between Oranienburger Straße and Rosenthaler Straße.

Is there an area with a lot of street art?

Graffiti and street art are everywhere in Berlin, it´s harder to find a street without than with it. The biggest concentration and the most interesting pieces can be found in eastern part of Berlin and in Kreuzberg. Especially along the track of the U1-line you can spend a whole day wandering around the streets.

But there are also some galleries that are specialized in street art as well.

 

Nightlife

Is Berlin safe during the night?

Yes! Even though does have it´s share of the crime of a big city going out is quite safe, especially if you mind the general rules of safe behaviour and don´t go wandering around alone in dark streets and corners.

Where can you go out in Berlin?

All central districts of Berlin have areas to go out during the night, here´s a basic overview:

Mitte: Probably the most touristic zone of bars and clubs, even though there is still a substantial part of Berliners that go out here. Most famous is the Oranienburger Straße with its international cafés, restaurants and also its prostitutes looking for customers. Iconic buildings like the still-existing arthouse Tacheles and the New Synagogue give the street its special flair.

U6 Oranienburger Tor/ S1 Oraninburger Str. / S3, S7, S9, S75 Hackescher Markt.

Prenzlauer Berg: This district underwent an enormous transformation since the reunification. Formerly a district with the highest concentration of dissidents it became an „in“-quarter and the 90s and has moved on to be quite a posh area with great restaurants around the Kollwitzplatz, but still also a big variety of bars in the Kastanienallee and clubs in the Kulturbrauerei.

U2 Eberswalder straße

Friedrichshain: Maybe the most international part of Berlin, Friedrichshain has seen a change of about 99% of it´s population since the reunification. It is virtually impossible to find someone living there who already lived there before the fall of the wall! It is still the main district of the alternative scene of Berlin with streets full of bars and shops like the Simon-Dach-Straße and the area around the Boxhagener Platz.

Vive Berlin offers a special private tour through this district.

U5 Samariterstraße, U1, S3,S5,S7,S75,S9 Warschauer Straße.

Kreuzberg: This district, also known as "Little Istanbul“ borders Friedrichshain on the western side of the river Spree. Since the 70s and 80s it is home to the alternative scene of West-Berlin. The most bars and restaurants can be found in the Oranienstraße (not to be confused with the Oranienburger Straße in Mitte) with a wide range of styles from german over turkish to japanese cuisine.

Our Kreuzberg tour takes to this fascinating part of Berlin.

U1 Görlitzerbahnhof / U8 Moritzplatz / M29 Oranienplatz

 

Where can I find out about concerts and other cultural events in Berlin?

We recommend to go to the hompages of the magazins Tipp or Zitty or buy their magazins at every newsstand in town. Both lists the full cultural programm and a lot more of what is going on in Berlin, from gallery openings over concerts, parties in clubs to readings and other activities.

Do you recommend any techno clubs?

1. Berghain/ Panoramabar

www.berghain.de

Am Wriezener Bahnhof
10243 Berlin

S3, S5, S7, S75, S9 Ostbahnhof

 

2. Tresor Club

Köpenicker Str. 70

10179 Berlín

U8 Heinrich-Heine-Straße

 

3. Watergate Club

www.water-gate.de

Falckensteinstraße 49
10997 Berlin
U1 Schlesisches Tor

About Us

What is Vive Berlin eG.?

Vive Berlin is a young cooperative of guides that invite you to the infinite facets of this amazing city. Our team, consisting of locals and Berlin-lovers from all around the world, unites the passion for presenting this lively city with a mix of history, arquitecture and anecdotes about Berlin and the people living here.

Are you voluntaries, students or salaried?

We are diverse group of independent tourguides that have decided to work together on a common project to present you this fantastic city. What unites us is the love for Berlin and our work, we are fascinated by the history and we have the motivation to do the best tours in Berlin for our customers.

For whom are you working?

We work as autonomous guides, but on a common platform, our cooperative. There is no single boss, we work as equals, but of course with a structure that helps us to organize and develope new projects.

Where do you come from?

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Germany, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA and Venezuela.